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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Free Parking at Dulles, with Legal Questions Included

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Dec-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel A new car sharing service known as FlightCar is setting up business at Dulles International Airport. They give you free parking and wash your car, and you just let them rent out your car to a complete stranger while you are away. FlightCar is already operating in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and is similar to another car sharing service, RelayRides that already operates ...
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  • TGI Friday's - Endless Appetizers and Dangerous Drones

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Dec-2014

    By: Joseph Smith As part of a holiday promotion, TGI Friday's announced that it would have drones fly through its restaurants carrying mistletoe over patrons. Apparently not realizing that it would only serve to highlight the stupidity of this idea, a TGI Friday's in Brooklyn, New York invited a reporter to come and write about the drones use in the restaurant and take pictures of couples ...
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  • Loudoun School Board Still Says No to Helmet Sensors

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Dec-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel A few months ago we wrote about how Loudoun County parents were pushing for the school district to adopt the use of helmet sensors to monitor the impact football players were experiencing when playing. Loudoun County Public Schools had previously said no, but the parents independently organized an effort to place sensors on the helmets before being forced to remove them during ...
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  • New Car Technology May Keep Us Safe, But Won't Necessarily Save You Money

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Dec-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel Even as technology plays a larger role in reducing the chances of auto accidents, drivers likely will not see a cost savings in the near future. At a recent auto safety symposium in Windsor, Connecticut, auto and insurance experts stated they do not expect new safety technology in cars to reduce insurance rates any time soon. This technology includes such features as cameras, ...
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  • Can a Law Firm be Liable for a Lawyer's Auto Accident While He's Driving to Work?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Nov-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Virginia Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments on whether a lawyer is on the job, and covered by his firm's insurance policy, when he's driving to work and has his cellphone ready for work-related calls. The facts of the underlying case are simple: the defendant, a partner at a large law firm in Washington, D.C., pulled out from a stop sign onto State ...
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  • Defective Airbags Pose Serious Threat to Millions of Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Nov-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel 2014 been a record breaking year for automakers. Unfortunately for them, and even more so for drivers, the record that has been set is not one that anyone had hoped to set – over 50 million vehicles have been recalled this year for defects. That's more than three times as many vehicles sold in the United States in 2013, and means more than one in five cars and trucks ...
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  • Lara Gass, Virginia Law Student and Victim of GM's Negligence

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Oct-2014

    By: Joseph Smith Three days. That is how many days after Lara Gass received the recall notice for her 2006 Saturn Ion, that she was killed in an auto accident when she crashed into a tractor-trailer in Virginia. Ms. Gass, a third-year honors student and law review editor at Washington & Lee University School of Law, in Lexington, Virginia, was on the way to her internship with a federal judge. ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In the 1960's the Commonwealth of Virginia ran a highly regulated daycare system. Every person caring for an unrelated child was required to obtain a license through Virginia's social services system. This rule was relaxed in the 1970's as women in Virginia began entering the workforce in great numbers. Under the current rule, a person can watch up to five children ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Can Limit Your Ability to Recover

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Oct-2014

    By: Matthew Tievsky In a recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court, the Court affirmed that the family of a deceased police-recruit's family was limited to recovery under the Worker's Compensation system. The recruit had collapsed and died in December of 2010 during self-defense training at the Norfolk Police Department and a Labor Department investigation found that the recruit had ...
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  • Woman Files Lawsuit Against Fairfax County for Wrongful Death for Her Husband

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Sep-2014

    By Joseph A. Smith When someone you care about is injured or killed because of someone else's actions, it's natural to want answers to questions like "Why did this happen?" or "Who did this?" Unfortunately, often times we are not able to get answers to these questions. Such is the case of a woman in Fairfax County who has filed suit against the Fairfax County Police ...
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  • Virginia Courts' Lack of Judges Could Impact Personal Injury Claimants

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2014

    By Joseph A. Smith Most people look forward to retirement, but Newport News Circuit Judge H. Vincent Conway has spoken out about the fact he is being forced to retire from the bench at 70. Under Virginia law, judges are required to retire at 70, although they can sit as substitute judges or serve in other capacities. But Judge Conway's comments help draw attention to an issue that has faced ...
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  • Punitive Damages & Drunk Driving Accidents in Virginia

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Aug-2014

    By: Joseph A. Smith Drunk driving and driving under the influence are serious matters, whether someone is injured as a result of it or not. In Arlington on Thursday August, 14 th, a 24-year-old man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated after he ran a red light and collided with another vehicle, killing the driver. Under the plea agreement the man cannot be ...
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  • Trucking Accidents & Deaths on the Rise

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Aug-2014

    By: Joseph A. Smith A recent story by CNBC has brought increased light to the fact that trucking accidents and deaths are increasing, yet nothing is being done about it. The article points out that in 2012 there were 3,921 fatalities, and 104,000 injuries from truck crashes, over 10 fatal crashes and 284 injuries each day. In fact, fatal crashes have increased over 18% between 2009 and 2012, even ...
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  • Attorney Joseph A. Smith Secures Successful Car Accident Verdict

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Aug-2014

    Virginia is not known as an overly friendly jurisdiction for Plaintiffs, particularly when dealing with soft-tissue injuries. However, one positive for Virginia plaintiffs is access to the General District Court for claims under $25,000, which allows cases to be resolved much quicker than in Circuit Court and without unnecessary delays and expenses. Our firm is proud to announce that Attorney ...
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  • How Insurance Limits May Affect Truck Accident Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Aug-2014

    By: Joseph A. Smith When actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in an auto accident involving a tractor-trailer it made national news. But these types of accidents are more common than people realize, and far too often those accidents are catastrophic – resulting in the death or serious injury of a person. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 76% of those ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Reappointed to Board of Directors of Fairfax Water

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 28-Jul-2014

    Joseph Cammarata is an experienced personal injury attorney and Partner at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Aside from protecting the rights of injured victims and families who come to our firm during their times of need, Mr. Cammarata also dedicates his time to a number of professional associations and legal organizations. Among his other roles, he currently serves as the President ...
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  • Ohio Teen Dies From Caffeine Overdose

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jul-2014

    By: Joseph Cammarata MSN News recently reported on a tragic story involving an Ohio teen who died as a result of caffeine overdose. The 18-year-old high school senior, Logan Stiner, was just shy of graduation. He had also recently been elected prom king by his senior class. According to officials, Stiner came home for lunch on May 27 and ingested caffeine powder, a product which is readily ...
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  • What is a "Herniated Disk" and What Are the Symptoms?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Jun-2014

    Probably the most common form of lasting injury after an automobile collision is an injury to the neck or back. Usually, that takes the form of a muscle strain or sprain (the over-stretching or tearing of muscle). However, a neck or back injury could include a "herniated disc," which is a potentially more serious injury to the structure of the spinal cord. The spine consists of a series ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer's Help to Take Care of My Auto Accident Claim?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jun-2014

    By: Matthew Tievsky Imagine that you have been hurt in an automobile collision by another driver, who was negligent. If you are like many people, your first instinct may be to not hire a lawyer. Some people would tell themselves: "Why should I turn this into a big deal?" Or, "I'm not the kind of person who sues." Or, "I don't want to pay a lawyer's fees." ...
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  • How Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Can Help You After a Car Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Jun-2014

    By: Matthew Tievsky Many drivers are unaware of what an "uninsured motorist policy" or an "underinsured motorist policy" is -- even if it's already part of their insurance policy. (In fact, under the law, any Virginia auto insurance policy has to contain a certain level of uninsured motorist coverage.) An uninsured motorist policy provides you with insurance coverage in the ...
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  • Technology That Makes Your Car Safer and Prevents Auto Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-May-2014

    By: Matthew Tievsky Cars are becoming more technologically advanced every year. If you are in the market for a car, you have the option to purchase a vehicle with recently developed technology – unavailable in the recent past – that can prevent collisions in ways beyond a human driver's capabilities. Here are a few examples: Adaptive cruise control. This uses forward-looking ...
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  • What Safety Equipment Does Every Motorcyle Rider Need?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 9-May-2014

    By: CSCS Safety gear is critical for every motorcycle rider on the road. Recently, helmets have become standard equipment for most riders, though some still protest by wearing small cap-style helmets that provide little protection. The protection offered by safety gear is far more important for a motorcycle rider than the average motorist. In 2006, data collected by the U.S. National Highway ...
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  • Bicyclist Hit by Pizza Delivery Car Obtains $3.35 Million Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 28-Apr-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel I recently read that a 43-year-old man from Hammond, Louisiana obtained a $3.35 million settlement after he was struck by a Domino's Pizza delivery car while riding his bicycle along a two-lane highway overpass. During the incident, the man was thrown onto the hood of the car, hit his head on the windshield, and fell onto the ground. The man suffered multiple injuries ...
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  • What is a Deposition Like in a Personal Injury Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Apr-2014

    By: CSCS We have all seen depositions on TV dramas. They appear to range from boring to downright daunting on occasions. The characters on TV submit themselves for questioning and are sometimes unwittingly caught in a nasty trap. In real life, depositions are a very important piece of the litigation process, but your lawyer will be there to guide you, prepare you, and protect your interests. The ...
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  • High School Senior Suffers Devastating Helmet to Helmet Collision

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 15-Apr-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel In 2009, Edward Acuna was a 17-year-old football with a bright future ahead of him. He was the team captain, and he had just been accepted to Cal State L.A. He had dreams of one day attending law school. On an October night, Edward Acuna was on the field as a defensive lineman for Pomona's Garey High. In the 4th quarter he sustained a violent helmet to helmet collision. He ...
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